Washington -- I have been vindicated! Years ago, I made a discovery while researching the life and legend of President of the United States Jimmy Carter. He was the 39th president of the United States, in the event that you have forgotten. He immediately preceded President Ronald Reagan, who smothered him in a landslide victory that Jimmy still ...Read more
Washington -- The election of 2020 is well underway. President Donald Trump is probably overhead, if you scan the skies long enough. Former Vice President Joe Biden has left his basement and returns to its comforts only occasionally. This campaign is heating up.
What can we expect? Well, I can tell you it will be a very acrimonious race. ...Read more
Washington -- As the editor of a magazine that, back in 1993, struck the first major blow in destroying the reputation of a president, I think I should have something to say about blackening the reputation of President Donald Trump. After all, back in the early 1990s, Bill Clinton was apparently widely esteemed as the Virgin Presidential ...Read more
Washington -- They are after him again. The voices of mainstream media, the voices that are supposed to protect our First Amendment rights, are attempting to quiet still another of those commentators who refuse to join the mobs in the street. I am speaking of Tucker Carlson, host of one of the most popular talk shows on cable TV, and, of course,...Read more
Washington -- Norman Mailer used to say, when he was upright, that Americans tend to admire their politicians, if for nothing else, for getting older. That, I think, explains the nomination for president of the United States of former Vice President Joe Biden. He did not only get older; he got ancient. He is almost an antique.
If he is elected ...Read more
Washington -- It is the dog days of summer, so we might as well talk about one of the dogs. I have in mind Ghislaine Maxwell, the apparent sex maniac who is now accused of all manners of horrendous crimes committed with young girls who she allegedly trained to be sex slaves for the vile Jeffrey Epstein, who is often called a "billionaire."
Washington -- Here is syndicated columnist Debra Saunders' sage prediction for the election of 2020. It will not be settled on Election Day, she says. Possibly, it will not be settled until Thanksgiving Day. And, she adds, it will be "ugly." Both parties are, as she writes, "peddling grievances." Saunders is a wise reporter of American politics,...Read more
Washington -- As readers of this column have noted, I am a reluctant advocate of masks to deal with the pandemic. Dr. Robert Redfield, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, has now spoken out favorably and cogently about wearing masks. Thus, I, having considered all the alternatives, have come to agree with him. We ...Read more
Washington -- Ward Connerly, a civil rights leader who is older and wiser than I, writing in The Wall Street Journal over the weekend, asserts that there is no such thing as institutional racism in America. Frankly, I am relieved, because I have lived in this country for decades, and it has been some 40 years since I encountered a racist, a ...Read more
Washington -- I have, for most of my adult life, been a practicing hypochondriac. So, it will come as no surprise to you to hear that I am a zealous reader of the Journal of the American Medical Association, or JAMA. I find something of interest in practically every issue. Recently, I found myself engrossed in the thoughts of Dr. Robert Redfield...Read more
Washington -- Over the weekend, a flurry of articles appeared, enthusing about the awesome machinery being put together across the country to defeat President Donald Trump in this fall's presidential election. The machinery is being put together not by Democrats but by the most curious of political animals, the Never Trumpers. I have pored over ...Read more
Washington -- Many Americans, after they have been in Washington, D.C., for a few years, become less fervent about their beliefs. President Donald Trump has become more fervent about the things he believes. After this past weekend and Donald's solemnly expressed indignation about the shredding of our shared values and beliefs, he is being...Read more
Washington -- Here we are, halfway through 2020, and what is the latest finding on the achievements of President Ronald Reagan in office? Well, they come from an Oxford University professor emeritus of politics, so they have a great deal of heft behind them. The professor is one Archie Brown, and he says ... Well, he says the same thing that ...Read more